The Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival will take place April 15-18 at the historic Guild Theatre in downtown Portland. Festival highlights will include special events with our featured guests Jem Cohen and DeeDee Halleck, the third Peripheral Produce Invitational, and new films from around the globe:
DeeDee Halleck is a filmmaker and media activist who co-founded both Paper Tiger Television and the Deep Dish Satellite Network; the first-ever grass roots community television network. She has been nominated for an Academy Award, led media workshops with elementary school children, reform school youth and migrant farmers, and as President of the Association of Independent Video and Film Makers (AIVF) she led a media reform campaign in Washington, testifying twice before the House Sub-Committee on Telecommunication.
Jem Cohen is a New York based filmmaker whose films include Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, Lost Book Found, Little Flags, and Amber City. His films defy easy categorization, thriving on the collision between documentary, narrative, and experimental, and are defiantly non-commercial. Jem has worked extensively with musicians such as Fugazi, Vic Chesnutt, R.E.M., Elliott Smith, God Speed You Black Emperor, Cat Power, Blonde Redhead, and Patti Smith, and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The 2004 Peripheral Produce Invitational: Now in its third year, the Peripheral Produce Invitational (dubbed the ‘World Championship of Experimental Cinema’) will once again pit the best filmmakers from Portland and beyond against each other in a rock-em-sock-em, trash talkin’ competitive film showdown. With the filmmakers in attendance and the audience deciding who wins, this battle-royal of experimental film will feature brand new work from Andrew Dickson, Melody Owen, Aaron Valdez, Zack Margolis and several others who aim to de-thrown current PPI champion Trevor Fife.
Nearly 100 films including: Jacob Ocada’s documentary Curtis (which just received an Honorable Mention award at Sundance), mind-bending videos from the New York video duo Torsten Burns and Darrin Martin, new films from Naomi Uman, Deborah Stratman, Jim Trainor, Bill Brown, and Aaron Valdez, Erik Gandini’s new doc Surplus, a program of new experimental works from Europe programmed by Ralph McKay, AND MUCH MORE!!!